• Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

  • By: Judith Viorst
  • Narrated by: Johnny Heller
  • Length: 6 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (111 ratings)

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Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

By: Judith Viorst
Narrated by: Johnny Heller
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Publisher's summary

When Alexander wakes up with gum in his hair, he thinks that maybe it’s going to be a bad day. When he trips on the skateboard by his bed and drops his sweater in the sink, he knows it’s going to be even worse than he thought. His brothers find fabulous prizes in their cereal boxes; he finds cereal. His best friends get fancy desserts in their lunch boxes; Mom forgets dessert. From being scrunched in the car on the way to school all the way to lima beans for supper and kissing on TV (yuck!), the day just keeps getting worse. It’s enough to make him want to move to Australia. A popular and prolific author of children’s books, Judith Viorst writes so that kids can recognize themselves in her stories. Johnny Heller’s sympathetic narration lets the child in everybody identify with Alexander’s predicament and his temptation to go somewhere far away.

©1972 Judith Viorst (P)1999 Recorded Books

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way too expensive ($6.95) for a 5 minute reading.

it was misleading on the page we ordered from...we thought it was a much longer reading

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A great book for emotional preschoolers

But way over priced for a 10 minute reading. The narration is ok, not particularly amazing.

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part of my childhood collection

reading this book again after so many years has brought a smile to my face ,such a good read . enjoyed it as much as the first time I read it .

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I always loved reading this to my kids!

The book is a wonderful way of showing from a child’s point of view that not every day is going to be sunshine and roses, and it’s OK to have a bad day every once in a while.

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Such a good kids story

This is a perfect quick story that my kids love to listen to when we are in the car

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A classic

Highly recommend. Always helps calm my kids and get perspective when they are having their own version of a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day.

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Great kid’s story

This book was loved by both my three children and my three grandchildren! I would recommend reading it to all children. It’s point I think is important for children not to dwell on just the bad stuff and try to stay positive.

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Poor Alexander!

And the song for today is Bad Day by Daniel Powter.

Or Alvin and the Chipmunks, depending on your preference.

I was browsing through some children's books to listen to, and upon coming across this one, I figured it is quite fitting with the news we received in the office. Anyway, I must say this is an interesting way of looking at a horrible, no good, very bad day from the child's perspective. But, like with all children's books, the ending has a very poignant and reflective lesson and it is most real as it gets and I think it will stay with me for a long time.

This book is a reminder that even if having a bad day is unavoidable, this too shall also pass.

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great book

great book just as good as you remember it being love it love it great boook

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boys love

my twins love this book.. 1 is named Alexander.. so funny they really enjoyed it.

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